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Loveless Limited Edition

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  • Audio CD (26 Sept. 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: Creation
  • ASIN: B000024TUJ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  Mini-Disc  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (121 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 76,780 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Only Shallow
2. Loomer
3. Touched
4. To Here Knows When
5. When You Sleep
6. I Only Said
7. Come In Alone
8. Sometimes
9. Blown A Wish
10. What You Want
11. Soon

Product Description

Product Description

MY BLOODY VALENTINE Loveless (1996 UK issue of the 1991 11-track CD album including the singles When You Sleep and Only Shallow complete with picture sleeve inlay CRECD060)

BBC Review

Despite this record being the best part of 20 years old, it's as dense and inpenetrable as ever. It's like trying to explain why Jackson Pollock's Full Fathom Five is what it is, or push the case for isolationist textures in modern sculpture or even trying to describe acid house to a badger. There really wasn't, and still isn't anything quite like My Bloody Valentine.

Formed in Dublin in 1984, My Bloody Valentine quickly moved from the C86 shambling indie template that had dominated that period. It took a slight shift in personnel and a contract with Creation. Within a week, the band recorded their landmark EP, You Made Me Realise, which nudged them more into the realm of the likes of Dinosaur Jr and Sonic Youth. Soon, giddy journos were gabbling on about sonic cathedrals and getting generally quite excited.

Within that year came the band's first 'proper' album, Isn't Anything. Shards of noise, underwater guitars and vague lyrics all combined with a certain disorientating charm. As if that wasn't accomplishment enough, three years later via drama (it nearly bankrupted Creation), delays and added expectation came Loveless. It was the album that would lift MBV into the pantheon of the greats and in a perfect universe would be battling it out between Pet Sounds and OK Computer in the greatest-album-ever-made polls.

Despite urban myth surrounding the recording - they were recording in a tent covered in duvets, they'd gotten into hip hop, all the band went mad to varying degrees - it still sounds incredible. Washes of guitars and noise overwhelm what 'songs' were actually beneath them. Having tasted the Top 41 with the staggering Soon, they released what even Brian Eno then considered the: ''most vaguest song ever'' in To Here Knows When. Creation thought the band were joking when they first heard it; sounding like someone had taped it on a wonky cassette player. In the context of Loveless, it makes sense, like one long bleary dream with almost symphonic levels of noise.

Now, the band are back and playing across the world, giving a new generation of ears a risk of tinnitus. There's talk of a new album. For the meantime, get this magnificent masterpiece and play very very loud indeed. --Ian Wade

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4.3 out of 5 stars

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. Murray on 24 Nov. 2004
Format: Audio CD
A group of five friends saw My Bloody Valentine in Exeter in 1990 (1/2). I had listened to the group for years before, but had never seen them. I was completely blown away by their performance (and background video - very windows media player screensaver experience as I remember). Two of my friends left after being blown away by silverfish,the support band, but the rest of us experienced what was to become a spine chilling, once in a life time experience (and still is, thinking back to it) - The only problem with the concert was there were so few there!! I'm pleased to say I was there to see one of the last performances of group
Buy this album and listen while watching media player screensavers!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JP Marone on 31 Aug. 2013
Format: Audio CD
I'm a new MBV fan, having just gotten into them upon ordering this release a few weeks ago. I'm not going to waste time rambling about how great the album is, but instead how great the reissue is, since there are a lot of mixed reviews about it on here and I'd like to help clarify things.

First off, this album turned me into a MBV fan instantly. Wow, what an album. It got me to purchase their others right away. It just shows that anyone can be turned on to any band at any time, no matter when their music came out. Now, about the reissue. When I first popped Disc 1 into my CD player, I found the sound to be a bit flat, so since there was the luxury of a second disc with the same material on it, I put that one in to see if it would sound any better. Oh, it did. Way more dynamics and a wall of noisy guitars surrounding the listener even during the quieter tracks.

Now a lot of the mixed reviews bring up the fact that the labels on Disc 1 and Disc 2 are actually mislabeled. Disc 1 is stated in the booklet as being digitally remastered from the original tapes, and Disc 2 is supposed to be a new analog master, but from my listening experience, Disc 2 does indeed sound like the digital remaster that Disc 1 is supposed to be. Another issue that people have with this is the supposed "glitch" that you hear in "What You Want" on Disc 1 (the analog master). Personally, I favor Disc 2 whenever I listen to this album so I haven't given Disc 1 a fair listen, but even if there is a glitch, who cares? If Kevin Shields had reissued this album with just the digital remaster, there would be only praise about it, because it sounds really good. I haven't heard the original 1991 CD, but from what I've read on message boards, apparently Disc 2 here is that, but a little louder. That's fine by me.
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38 of 43 people found the following review helpful By KirstyH on 5 Feb. 2006
Format: Audio CD
This is quite simply one of the greatest albums I have ever heard. Nothing else sounds remotely like it, even other MBV material. I bought it back in 1991 when it first came out and it has rarely been far from my turntable/CD player/iPod over the last 15 years.
Imagine it's early morning and your alarm clock has gone off. Then you realise it's Saturday and you don't have to go to work. You turn the alarm off and roll over, not quite awake, not quite asleep. The feeling you have at this point is what "Loveless" sounds like.
Buy it.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Sick Mouthy VINE VOICE on 3 Feb. 2001
Format: Audio CD
The cover has a picture of a purpley-pinky-bluey guitar, all fuzzy and warped and psychedelic. This is the only album I have ever heard that sounds EXACTLY how the cover looks. And it is brilliant. Turn it up and it's an astonishing visceral thrill, turn it down and it's a soothing, redemptive balm of sound. Gorgeous.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Rory on 25 Aug. 2012
Format: Audio CD
This is a classic album, no doubt about it, but I'd like to say a couple of qualifiers here. In answer to the people who bought this having never heard MBV beyond their reputation who don't get it - fans of MBV don't like this to appear cool, show off to their friends, be "muso" or owt like that. MBV were one of the "big 3" indie/noise bands of the 80s/90s (Sonic Youth & Jesus & Mary Chain being the other 2) & in terms of alternative music created 2 unique LPS & 4 EPs, with their sound evolving to what you'll hear on this LP - a blend of noise & melody the likes of which had never been heard before and hasn't been since (not for want of trying by their many imitators, including Ride who wouldn't have sounded anything like they did in their 1st few releases without MBV).
It's not for eveyone, obviously, due to the whole noise part of the equation, but if you're going to buy something you should have some idea of what it is that you're getting. Yes, the vocals are low in the mix, but not to the point where they're completely unintelligible, and yes, there is a lot of noise over the melody. If you want to listen to something that isn't obvious or commercial & enjoy music you can immerse yourself in then this is quite simply one of the best records you'll ever buy. If you don't like music that has noise over the melody, doesn't have obvious hooks & sigalong choruses then don't get this, you'll be disappointed.
To be honest, if you're curious & have never heard MBV before & are wanting to take the plunge then buy the CD that collects their 4 EPs as it shows the group progress (missing out the twee C86 period collected on "Ecstasy & Wine") from indie/noise to something that can't really be classified & will give you an idea from the last 2 EPs what this LP is like.
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